Articles | Volume 12, issue 1
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 12, 719–740, 2020
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 12, 719–740, 2020
Data description paper
26 Mar 2020
Data description paper | 26 Mar 2020

Laboratory, field, mast-borne and airborne spectral reflectance measurements of boreal landscape during spring

Henna-Reetta Hannula et al.

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